JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A Jamestown Police officer was exposed to the deadly drug fentanyl during an arrest of a federal parolee on Monday.
On Monday morning, Jose M. Caceres Jr. was pulled over by officers with Jamestown Police in the area of E. 6th Street and Prendergast Avenue.
Due to the conditions of his supervision, Jamestown Police and federal probation officers searched his vehicle and found a plastic baggie which contained nearly 60 grams of fentanyl.
Detectives then assisted probation officers with a search of his Lakeview Avenue residence where an additional quantity of fentanyl and around 60 grams of methamphetamine were discovered.
The 38-year-old Jamestown resident was taken to Jamestown City Jail and while in transit, officers said he pulled a baggie of fentanyl out of an area secreted it in his pants, in an attempt to dispose of it.
While doing so, the fentanyl spread throughout the back of the vehicle; exposing the transporting officer to the deadly drug.
The officer was transported by ambulance to UPMC Hamot Hospital where he was treated by emergency staff and later released without further complications.
Caceres was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail where he awaits further charges from the DEA.